Back to school – myths about illnesses

JoFamily Life, Parenting

Keeping your children healthy and protecting them from illnesses

With various RAAC issues (as widely reported in the press) we have had a rather bumpy return to school. However, the new school year is here. Whilst my three boys charge back in gleefully catching up with their friends after the summer break, there is the inevitable mix of germs with colds and illnesses almost certainly around the corner. Some … Read More

The Teenage Years

JoFamily Life, Parenting

Connect emotionally with your teenager - photo of a young teen sitting by themselves on a beach

How to stay emotionally connected to your children through their teenage years When a child becomes a teenager, it can be difficult for any parent to navigate. You may start to feel as though your child has got a whole life of their own that you’re no longer a part of, and begin to worry that you’re losing the connection … Read More

10 Ways To Connect With Your Family

JoFamily Life, Parenting

Connect with your family

Finding ways to connect with your family in what often seems like a disconnected society is hugely important. Whilst periods of lockdown may have brought this into focus, slipping into a new way of life seems to be rather like kangaroo jumping into the unknown. Family video calls have been dropped, regular communication and ad hoc ‘checking in’ has slowed … Read More

Awesome Activities for Half Term

JoFamily Life

Stonehenge at half term

The February half term holiday is upon us and I don’t know about you, but it’s really snuck up on me this year! One of my children is happily enrolled on an activity camp for the week, but I’ve been having a look at day trips that I can take my other children on to get out and about and … Read More

Our 2023 Wish List

JoFamily Life

2023 wish list - looking out over Kingfisher pools

It seems that 2023 is already well underway and with it, as is often the case, comes renewed hope for what the coming months might bring. We don’t really set resolutions in our house, we have a rolling intention of being the best versions of ourselves that we can be, without putting ourselves under huge amounts of pressure or stress. … Read More

5 Favourite Kids’ Films

JoFamily Life

Old TV photo by huỳnh đạt

As regular readers will know, Jacob occasionally joins me on the blog to share his wisdom, humour, and random thoughts. Today he, being somewhat of a film buff, has written up his 5 favourite kids films. Without further ado, let me hand you over… Hi everyone. I have written about my favourite kids’ TV programmes previously, but with the Christmas … Read More

Mental Health Awareness in Children

JoFamily Life, Parenting

Mental health awareness in children

Mental health awareness in children is so important, for the individual child, for their family and for the community. So why is it that children are all too often expected to fit into a box where stress and pressure is not fully acknowledged. The view is that without responsibility for bills, rising costs, work and property maintenance, life must be … Read More

Easy Easter Holiday Activities

JoFamily Life

Visiting a farm during the Easter holiday

The first unlocked Easter holiday is either in full swing or almost upon us (depending on where you live in the UK). It feels somewhat strange to be able to get out and about and catch up on some of the seasonal activities we have missed over the past two years. With so much to choose from (and the ‘normality’ … Read More

Making a recycled bird feeder

JoCraft, Family Life

Recycled bird feeder in a tree

The birds are back in town, or strictly speaking, our gardens. Busily hunting for food their presence presents a great opportunity for making a recycled bird feeder to hang outside. It could adorn a bare branch or an empty hanging basket bracket. What’s more this is a lovely creative task that can be enjoyed as a family. Many birds don’t … Read More

Creating a positive sleep environment for babies

JoFamily Life, Parenting

Baby sleeping, black and white image

A significant component of your baby’s healthy growth and development is the quality of their sleep. As a parent of 3, I know how much this sounds at odds with real life experience though! Sleep is as vital to your baby as it is to you. In theory at least, a newborn sleeps 16 to 18 hours a day, while … Read More